Photo: DRC Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows

Trafficking in Mixed Migration Flows

Exploitation of refugees and other migrants in the Middle East and Europe

Since tightening internal and external borders and signing the March 2016 EU-Turkey Agreement, European governments have heralded their success in reducing the number of refugees and other migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey. However, the same policies that have reduced migration flows have simultaneously driven protection concerns for those still on the move, who rely more heavily on people smugglers to reach their destinations undetected.

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IDP and Refugee Perceptions in Northern Iraq

Round 1 – April 2017

Ground Truth Solutions is looking at IDP and refugee perceptions of humanitarian assistance in northern Iraq as part of the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP). Two separate reports present the perceptions and opinions of IDPs and Syrian refugees on various topics including humanitarian aid, information needs, and their relations with aid providers, authorities, and the host community.

Photo: DRC Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon

Refugee Perceptions in Lebanon

Round 1 - May 2017

In this report, Ground Truth Solutions analyses data collected from three distinct refugee groups in Lebanon: Syrian refugees; Palestine refugees from Syria; and Palestine refugees in Lebanon – most of whom have been in the country for many decades. This is the first in what will be a series of three data collection rounds looking at refugee perceptions of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon under the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP).

Photo: DRC Monthly Summary – April 2017

Monthly Summary – April 2017

Middle East

April was marked by changing dynamics in the in- ternal displacement situations in both Syria and Iraq. Displacement in Syria’s Al-Raqqa governorate surged, with over 66,000 people displaced during the month due to the intensification of fighting around Tabqqa, close to Al-Raqqa city. In Iraq, heavy fighting continued in west Mosul, inducing large-scale displacement to camps in the north and west of the city.

Photo: DRC Migration, displacement, and the environment

Migration, displacement, and the environment

A Perspective from the Middle East

Although increasingly recognised as a major driver of displacement globally, the impact of environmental change on migration and displacement remains underexplored in the Middle East. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) estimates that an average of at least 25.4 million people are displaced by ‘disasters triggered by natural hazards’ each year, a number that is expected to increase. While multiple analyses have linked climate change to the conflict in Syria, further study is needed to understand the complex relationships between environmental issues and migration in the region.

Photo: DRC Displaced Minorities – Part II

Displaced Minorities – Part II

Experiences and needs of Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni refugees and other migrants in Jordan

Over 10,000 Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni refugees and asylum seekers are now registered with UNHCR in Jordan, though many members of these communities live in the country without valid documentation (see Part I). Despite this high numbers of displaced individuals, insufficient attention has been devoted to understanding their experiences of displacement, humanitarian and protection needs, and access to appropriate solutions. 

Photo: DRC Displaced Minorities – Part I

Displaced Minorities – Part I

Migration and displacement trends of Somali, Sudanese and Yemeni refugees and other migrants in Jordan

Donor conferences in London (2016) and Brussels (2017) have strengthened international commitments to support Jordan in its efforts to protect and assist more than 1.3 million Syrians living within its borders, of whom 658,000 are registered refugees. Despite the importance of addressing the needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan, a focus on Syrians has overshadowed the equally important needs of refugees and other migrants from other countries living in the country.

Photo: REACH Separated Families: who stays, who goes and why?

Separated Families: who stays, who goes and why?

Decision-making and its consequences for families separated by mixed migration

The decision to move from the Middle East to Europe is made for a variety of reasons, and not only by those who make the journey. A significant body of research has been gathered on refugees and other migrants arriving in Europe in recent years, but comparatively little is known about how decisions to move or stay are made within families, nor about how family members moving affects those left behind.

Photo: DRC Monthly Summary – March 2017

Monthly Summary – March 2017

Middle East

March 2017 marked six years since the beginning of the war in Syria as well as the first time that the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries has surpassed 5 million. In addition to those who have fled the country, conflict in March saw some 75,000 people newly internally displaced in Aleppo governorate, with thousands more displaced by fighting in Hama governorate and Dar’a al Balad.